There was nothing I could do about Putin – POLITICO

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she no longer saw any possibility of influencing Russian President Vladimir Putin toward the end of her term in office. In an interview with German magazine Der Spiegel, Merkel talked about her final encounters with Putin, saying that throughout her farewell visit to Moscow in August 2021 she … Read more

The UK is starting to get real about Europe – POLITICO

Paul Taylor is a contributing editor at POLITICO. After six years of chaos and recrimination since Britons voted to leave the European Union, there are signs the country is showing an unexpected outbreak of common sense in its approach to the bloc. In his first weeks in office, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak — a Brexiteer himself … Read more

Why cheap US gas costs a fortune in Europe – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. The EU is under immense pressure to cap the price of imported natural gas to contain energy costs — but many of the companies making a fortune selling cheap U.S. gas to the Continent at eye-watering markups are European. The liquefied natural gas (LNG) … Read more

Europe is running out of doctors – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. LE VIGAN, France — Doctors in the small French town of Le Vigan are getting older. In a bid to attract new GPs to replace the three retiring soon, they built — from the ground up — an interdisciplinary medical center, the model having been … Read more

Germany mulls breaking subsidy taboo to avoid trade war with Biden – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BERLIN — With only six weeks to avoid a transatlantic trade showdown over green industries, the Germans are frustrated that Washington isn’t offering a peace deal and are increasingly considering a taboo-breaking response: European subsidies. Europe’s fears hinge on America’s $369 billion package of … Read more

How Qatar won the World Cup – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. It doesn’t matter whether Brazil or Argentina or someone else lifts the trophy next month, Qatar has already won the World Cup.  Despite more than a decade of critical coverage — which at first zeroed in on the bribery and corruption embedded in the … Read more

As Xi reemerges, Europe again falls prey to China’s divide-and-rule tactics – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BALI, Indonesia — Every European leader at this week’s G20 summit in Bali wanted a one-on-one meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Not everyone got one. The Europeans’ desire to meet Xi was driven by the fact that this week was the first opportunity … Read more

Rishi Sunak to meet Xi Jinping as he strikes conciliatory tone on China – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. BALI, Indonesia — Rishi Sunak will invite Xi Jinping to collaborate more closely on global challenges in the first meeting between a British prime minister and Chinese president in nearly five years. Sunak and Xi will hold a bilateral meeting Wednesday on the margins … Read more

Biden says it’s ‘unlikely’ the missile that hit Poland was fired from Russia

President Joe Biden of the United States arrives at the formal welcome ceremony to mark the beginning of the G20 Summit on November 15, 2022 in Nusa Dua, Indonesia. Leon Neal | Pool | via Reuters U.S. President Joe Biden said it is unlikely that the missile that hit Poland and killed two people was … Read more

Don’t ask Ukraine to compromise – POLITICO

BALI, Indonesia — Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Tuesday called on G20 leaders not to offer his country any peace deal that would compromise its independence from Russia, amid recently renewed contact between Washington and Moscow over the future of the war. Zelenskyy appeared at the Bali summit via videolink at the invitation of the … Read more